**I wanted to post an update to let everyone know how it all went. The judge did not give him what he was asking for, in fact, my attorney told me the judge was rather irritated by the petition and asked opposing counsel if they were actually serious about it. They said that they just wrote down what their client told them to, no rhyme or reason for it, not even logic behind the petition. The judge then followed up by saying "...you know better than that..." asking for 50% custody when custody was never shared should only be done for serious reasons.
What he did give him was visitation, starting with four hours a week, moving to 8 hours a week, then an overnight, then a weekend and finally every other weekend. My attorney said this was typically the kind of visitation given and this will be done over several months and only depending on how things go. I'm still not ok with anything that includes any overnights because the circumstances have not changed. The thought of him being in the same house with that woman scares me to no end, the thought of him be treated badly in any way makes my heart ache.
I give all Glory to God for the outcome of this hearing and I give you all my appreciation and heartfelt thanks for your fervent prayers! I know that it was your prayers and pleas lifted up to our Lord's ear that helped in this outcome. I can at least relax and feel better for a little while.
I will still continue to pray, and ask you to join me, that the overnights never actually materialize. I pray that my little boy will never have to endure the instability of going back and forth between two homes. I pray that his father puts this child's best interests above his anger and that he is content and fulfilled with weekly visitation and sees no need for overnight visits. I pray that he will soften his heart and understand the worry and pain that I, as this child's mother, will endure by not having our little boy with me, knowing, with certainty, that he is well taken care of.
Thank you again for all your prayers and I humbly ask for those continued prayers as this is not over, thank you God Bless you and Happy 2010!!!**